Camping hiatus

I hope everyone is having a lovely summer. The family took a couple of days to go camping in Black Moshannon State Park. We had a blast! The hiking isn’t the most exciting, but it’s always nice to hike in the woods. There were hardly any bugs at our campsite. Plus, we could walk to the beach, which we did every day. Thought I’d share a few photos, before I get back to the regularly scheduled book blogging! I’ll also be posting more about our hikes at my tumblr page if you want to see where we hiked.

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The Black Moshannon River where we went paddleboarding

A typical forest view

A typical forest view

Mr. Curiosity and Miss Adventure - who discovered ferns would discourage deer flies.

Mr. Curiosity and Miss Adventure – who discovered ferns would discourage deer flies.

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Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher

Published: 2008

Genre: urban fantasy graphic novel

Length: 168 pages

Setting: Chicago, present day, just prior to the events in Storm Front (according the introduction)

Interest: Mr. Curiosity recently started reading the Dresden Files books (and moving through them much faster than I am). I saw this graphic novel at the library the other day and thought we’d both enjoy it. Continue reading

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Blind Alley by Iris Johansen

Published: 2005

Genre: thriller

Length: 370 pages

Setting: present day

Interest: I received the book free from the library for participating in their summer reading program. Continue reading

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The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Published: 1962

Genre: WWI nonfiction

Length: 440 pages of text, 511 pages total

Setting: mostly France, August of 1914

Interest: It’s a classic WWI book. I’ve read a lot about WWII and I’m trying to learn more about WWI. Continue reading

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Published: 2016

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 361 pages of text, 376 pages total

Setting: mostly around Camp Half-Blood, after the events in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Interest: It’s the first book in the Trials of Apollo series, Riordan’s latest series set in the Percy Jackson universe. The whole family reads all of Riordan’s books as soon as we can snag them from the library. Continue reading

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The Grande Complication by Christopher Reynaga

Published: in Writers of the Future Volume 29

Genre: speculative fiction – you could make a case for steampunk possibly, since it has the right setting

Length: 22 pages

Setting: London, probably early 1900s/late 1800s

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology Continue reading

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Lexicon by Max Barry

Published: 2013

Genre: science fictionish thriller (it’s set in the real word but if someone speaks the right sounds to you, they can make you do anything)

Length: 390 pages

Setting: various places in the U.S. and Broken Hill, Australia, present day

Interest: I saw it reviewed in a GeekDad post as one of the best books of 2013 (yes, it’s been on my to read list for a while). I finally got around the reading it. Continue reading

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